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Doing a little remodeling.  It pays to have small people who can get into tight spaces.

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Improving

When asked what he likes most about Cross-country, Noah said improving.  Last week he finished 28th, this week 16th!

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Finding Glacier Peak

Another part of the Cascades that I have not visited yet is the area near Glacier Peak.  Several years ago, a big flood washed out parts of the Suiattle River Road making it a long hike to get close to this remote mountain.  Every year it seems, I pull out the maps and link in my mind the trails that make a loop around the Glacier peak.  Then I add up the days and the weight of my pack and the uncertain weather and put the maps away for another year.

In search of a late-summer hike, I chose the North Fork of the Sauk Trail.  It leads to White Pass.  There are some dashed lines on the map which made a lollipop into a basin near the snout of the White Chuck Glacier.  The map is labeled “Glacier Peak Meadows”.  Intrigued and with a fantastic forecast, I set the course.  Nate decided to tag along.  It was glorious wandering and a good reminder that the dashed lines lead to the most interesting places.

To prepare for an impending audition, Nathan practiced his monologue at the top of each pass.

Not there yet

Not there yet

Grouse

Grouse

Indian Head Peak

Indian Head Peak

White Pass

White Pass

Dusk

Dusk

Sundip

Sundip

White Pass camp

White Pass camp

Last light

Last light

Moon over Indian Head

Moon over Indian Head

Morning alpenglow

Morning alpenglow

Sun coming up

Sun coming up

Marmot on White Mtn.

Marmot on White Mtn.

First view of Glacier Peak

First view of Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak Meadows

Glacier Peak Meadows

Mt. Baker in the distance

Mt. Baker in the distance

Pyramid shadow

Pyramid shadow

Mt Rainier in the distance

Mt Rainier in the distance

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Looking back toward White Pass from White Mtn summit

Looking back toward White Pass from White Mtn summit

Glacier Peak Meadows

Glacier Peak Meadows

White Mtn

White Mtn

On the dotted line trail

On the dotted line trail

The dotted line trail goes over there!

The dotted line trail goes over there!

Glacier Peak, one of Washington State's active volcanoes

Glacier Peak, one of Washington State’s active volcanoes

Crested another Col

Crested another Col

Meadows and peaks

Meadows and peaks

White Chuck Cinder Cone

White Chuck Cinder Cone

Meadows

Meadows

White Chuck Glacier

White Chuck Glacier

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Plunging creek

Plunging creek

The "trail" is right next to the creek

The “trail” is right next to the creek

There will be four “graduations” in June this year.  Laura will get her Masters from UW.  Nathan will graduate high school.  Noah and Naomi will finish their last years of middle school and elementary school respectively.

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Melakwa Lake Hike

The 3 Ns and I got out for a short hike on Labor Day weekend.  We got and early start at the Denny Creek trailhead and had a nice lunch at Melakwa Lake.  There’s lots of exploring to do there and it looks like there’s some decent camping too.

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There are so many places in the Northwest that I want to see.  This year I chose to take the boys on a tour of one of the wildest places in the North Cascades: Thunder Creek.  We hiked from the outlet at Diablo Lake to the source at Park Creek Pass.  It was 18 miles each way.  We spent 4 nights out on an up-and-down trail wedged between Thunder and Fisher Creeks.  We peered down at the Dismal Swamp, inspected relics from the Skagit Queen Mine, and spent 2 lonely nights in Thunder Basin.  We heard the constant roar of rushing water, the deep stillness of mossy forest, and the thundering crack of ice collapsing from fading glaciers.  The way grew wilder the further we went until we were plundering through thick brush in a deep, remote basin.

The first crossing of Thunder Creek

The first crossing of Thunder Creek

A peaceful creek

A peaceful creek

Lunch on the trail

Lunch on the trail

Narrow canyon

Narrow canyon

Pumping water at Tricouni Camp

Pumping water at Tricouni Camp

Visitor at Tricouni camp

Visitor at Tricouni camp

Misty mountains

Misty mountains

Mossy forest

Mossy forest

Klawati Peak

Klawati Peak

Pondering ruins

Pondering ruins

Through the brush

Through the brush

Park Creek Pass ahead

Park Creek Pass ahead

Gentian

Gentian

Wall

Wall

Source of Thunder Creek

Source of Thunder Creek

Pumping water from Thunder Creek

Pumping water from Thunder Creek

East side of Park Creek Pass

East side of Park Creek Pass

The valley from whence we came

The valley from whence we came

Lunch break at Park Creek Pass

Lunch break at Park Creek Pass

Hiker Bros

Hiker Bros

Sometimes you just have to see what is over there.

Sometimes you just have to see what is over there.

Forbidden Peak

Forbidden Peak

Hanging glaciers

Hanging glaciers

Glacier closeup

Glacier closeup

Toward Mt. Logan

Toward Mt. Logan

Lofty heights

Lofty heights

Mt. Logan coming into view

Mt. Logan coming into view

Mt. Logan summit

Mt. Logan summit

Marmots on a rock

Marmots on a rock

Watching marmots

Watching marmots

Falls, one of many

Falls, one of many

In the canyon again

In the canyon again

Instantaneous water sculpture

Instantaneous water sculpture

Will Run for Chocolate

Nathan wanted to run a half-marathon this summer so we signed up for a run in Soaring Eagle Park.  That Sunday was quite warm.  And I once again proved that cycling fitness does not equal running fitness.

Medalists

Medalists

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